His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the opening ceremony of the conference: “2017 Year of Islamic Solidarity: Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue” in Baku – Azerbaijan.
His Excellency President of Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev, His Beatitude Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and all the East Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros Al Rai, as well as representatives of various countries, churches and religions, in addition to political and public figures, also attended the ceremony.
His Excellency President of Azerbaijan Republic conveyed the opening speech in which he talked about the importance of Islamic solidarity, as well as interreligous and intercultural dialogue.
Speeches from several country presidents and some church heads were then read.
The conference is supposed to have two plenary sessions, in which His Holiness Patriarch Aphrem II will give a speech.